Visual Communications

Visual Communications major imageBachelor of Fine Arts

In recent years, demand for skilled employees in the creative professions has risen dramatically. As technology develops and its potential applications in the workplace increase, the need for Visual Communications graduates continues to grow. The Visual Communications program has a proven record of producing graduates ready to meet this ever-evolving demand. If you are looking for a major that will prepare you for professional success in a creative field, Visual Communications at Cazenovia College is the place for you. The program offers concentrations in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Web/Interactive Design, Illustration/Animation, and Visual Communications. Student may wish to pursue more than one concentration within the program.
The Visual Communication concentration offers a broad ap­proach to the applied Visual Communications major and serves students who wish to remain open to the full range of specializations in Graphic Design, Web/Interactive Design, Advertising Design and Illustration/Animation.

• Teach students to solve communication problems visually, to partake in conceptual message development, and to achieve personal creative excellence;
• Help students understand and respond to the cultural influences that shape various audiences, messages, client needs, and design decisions;
• Develop proficiency in classic media as well as fluency in new technologies; and
• Ensure understanding of basic business practices as designers, including production, project organization, and working in a team environment.

Special Features:
• Students are required to take two career electives that offer a broad experience within the Visual Communications degree to maximize their professional experience in the field.
• In their final year, Visual Communications students complete a comprehensive senior project in their area of concentration and in collaboration with a professional contact within the field. These projects and their portfolios are showcased in the College Art Gallery in April. The exhibition is curated by the students, and offers the opportunity for friends, family, and industry professionals to view their creative efforts on a large scale.
• Students and graduates of the Visual Communications program routinely win regional and national awards for their real-world design work.
• The VC Club takes annual trips to NYC during which students have the opportunity to tour advertising and design related businesses and visit with authorities in the field.
• Internships are an integral part of the program because they provide students with valuable professional experience as well as all-important opportunities for networking. Internship students are placed nationally in corporate or educational art departments, advertising agencies, design and animation studios, and publishing houses.
• Students spend their entire senior year building print and online portfolios while conducting successful job searches with mentors in the field. These portfolios are widely acknowledged by local industry professionals as the best in the region, making graduates competitive on the job market regionally as well as nationally.
• Classes are small and taught in seminar/discussion/studio format by well-qualified, full-time faculty members in Reisman Hall, with state-of-the art dual boot computer studio labs.

Career Opportunities
After graduation students pursue degrees in higher education, go into business as freelancers, or find employment in corporate art departments, advertising agencies, design studios, publishing houses, newspapers, magazines, multi-media and web design businesses, or printing firms.
Students with a BFA in Visual Communications enter a growing job market with many career options. Typical employers would include advertising agencies, multimedia production companies, publishers, design groups and consultancies, magazines, local government, education, television, charities, commerce and local industry.

Positions graduates may seek include:
Advertising Account Executive
Art Director
Creative Director
Graphic Designer
Multimedia Graphic Designer/Web Designer
* Students who major in the Visual Communications concentration can find employment in all areas listed in the other Visual Communications concentrations as well.

   Courses (Credits)
   See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33)
   Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy: 
      VC 498 Senior Project (3)
   Senior Capstone: VC 499 Senior Seminar (3)
Art & Sciences Courses
Courses (Credits)
   VC 221    History of Visual Communications (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 3
Career Courses
   Courses (Credits)      
   SA 111    Drawing: Composition & Perception (3)
   SA 131    Design & Color Theory (3)
   VC 112    Concepting (3)
   VC 118    Digital Foundations (3)
   VC 140    Typography (3)
   VC 174    Digital Page Layout  (3)
   VC 232    Illustration (3)
   VC 241    Advertising Design  (3)
   VC 242    Graphic Design (3)
   VC 274    Imaging Graphics (3)
   VC 341    Advanced Advertising Design (3)
   VC 342    Advanced Graphics Design (3)
   VC 374    Interactive Design (3)
   VC 375    Designing for the Web (3)
   VC 384    Visual Communications Internship (3)
   VC 388    Package Design (3)
   VC 475    Advanced Designing for the Web (3)
   VC 492    Senior Portfolio (3)
   VC 493    Advanced Senior Portfolio  (3)
   VC 300-400    Career Elective (6)
   VC 281    Internship Preparation (1)
Total Career Program Credits - 64
Open Electives
    Courses (Credits)
   100-400 level    (15)
Total Open Elective Credits -15

Contact Information:

Scott Jensen
Assistant Professor, Visual Communications
Interim Program Director, Visual Communications
120 Reisman Hall
Phone: (315) 655-7149
E-mail: spjensen

Laurie Selleck
111 Reisman Hall
Phone: (315) 655-7151
Email: lselleck

Allyn Stewart
Associate Professor, Visual Communications
105 Reisman Hall
Phone: (315) 655-7109
E-mail: astewart

Andrea Hempstead
Visiting Instructor, Visual Communications
103 Reisman Hall
Phone: (315) 655-7209
E-mail: altrask

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